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Suwanee seeks input on 2013 budget

With a little more than two months before adoption, the city of Suwanee seeks input from its residents on the 2013 budget. The budget is expected to be adopted at the June 26 prior to the new fiscal year on July 1.

The deadline to offer opinions is April 23, and comments can be sent to budget@suwanee.com.

"We want to implement a mechanism that allows citizens to offer input on the upcoming budget earlier in the planning process," City Manager Marty Allen said. "We want to ensure that citizens' concerns, ideas, and priorities are considered through this process."

The 2012 budget is about $11.8 million with a millage rate of 5.65.

NGAA receives grant from Gwinnett Braves

The North Gwinnett Arts Association received a $1,000 grant from the Gwinnett Braves, which will help provide students with a platform for their art to be viewed and establish an art ambassador program.

Vickie Johnson, the president of the North Gwinnett Arts Association, said she hopes to use to money to begin a school sponsorship program, since many art programs are suffering from low funding. Often, she said, some schools have no display space for artwork. Johnson said the arts program at Central Gwinnett High School is the beneficiary, and would use the grant to promote student recognition, and encourage the transition to college to be involved in the arts industry.

The grant will provide a boost to the organization, which typically raises funds through member fees, commissions on the sale of artwork and three annual art events.

SculpTour winner announced, 2012 artists unveiled

The Suwanee Public Arts Commission announced the winner of the "People's choice" award for last year is "Mother and Child" by New Jersey artist Elusia Altman. The piece received the most online and paper votes, and was purchased by the city for $15,000. It will be displayed in front of City Hall this summer.

SculpTour is a year-round public art exhibit around the city that is designed to be an economic development tool and community identifier. The 15 pieces chosen for this year are "Pilgrim" by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Va., "Audubon Watcher" by Jim Collins of Signal Mountain, Tenn., "Intersection" by Robert Coon of Vero Beach, Fla., "U Circle 58" and "Weathervane" by Al Garnto of Blairsville, "Winged Glory" and "Wallwaker" by Jack Howard-Potts of New York, "Oracle" by Aaron P. Hussey of Baton Rouge, La., "Header" by Gregory Johnson of Cumming, "Gyres" by Cynthia Knapp of Atlanta, "Swept" and "Smoke" by Marc Moulton of Statesboro, "Wrapped Around You" and "Sun Drop" by Davis A. Whitfield IV of Mountain City, Tenn. and "Reaching" by Justin Wilson of Riverdale.

30 teams register for inaugural Super Incredible Race

The inaugural Super Incredible Race event, which is April 21, had about 30 teams register, city events coordinator Amy Doherty said last week when registration closed. The even is a scavenger hunt where contestants will complete relay-style games, solve mind benders and answer trivia about Suwanee.

"That's pretty good for the first year," Doherty said of the turnout. "We hope that number will grow over the years to come."

City receives $2.15M from SDS settlement

The city of Suwanee received $2,154,703 as part of the settlement of the service delivery lawsuit between Gwinnett County and 15 cities. The figure was based on population, and seven of the cities that have police departments. City Manager Marty Allen said the money is considered general revenue, and not restricted to any specific use. Allen said the city plans to put it in a capital account for future capital projects.

March of Dimes event April 28

The March for Babies Gwinnett County, an event sponsored by the March of Dimes, will be at 9 a.m. April 28 at Town Center Park. Funds raised through the event will go toward research to find answers to problems that threaten babies. The event will have music, a picnic lunch provided by Publix Supermarkets, team photos, kids activity area and much more. March for Babies is rain or shine. Strollers and pets with leashes are welcome For more information, contact Kandis Burney at (404) 350-9800 or kburney@marchofdimes.com.-- From staff reports